22 murders of Madison may

‘With unrelenting tension, Max Barry weaves a complex tapestry where a sociopath’s insatiable obsession knows no bounds, not even time and space, and only two things are certain – he will kill her again because he’s killed her before. I devoured this novel in one sitting.’ J.D. Barker, author of A Caller’s Game

From the critically acclaimed author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon comes a mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality.

‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’

In Queens, New York, 22-year-old real estate agent Madison May is showing a house. The buyer, a man she’s never met, is friendly, engaging . . . and claims to be her soulmate from a parallel life. She’s in danger, he tells her. He’s come to save her.

Later that day, newspaper journalist Felicity Staples is assigned to report on Madison May’s murder. Discontent with her own life, Felicity finds herself drawn into a shocking conspiracy involving a powerful group who have harnessed the ability to slip between lives – to move between one version of reality to another. 

On the run, turned into an imposter in her own life, Felicity is forced to seek the truth behind Madison May, the woman who is murdered over and over, in different ways, wherever she goes. For only by saving Madison May can Felicity reassemble the broken pieces of herself. 

Duffy’s Thoughts On 22 Murders Of Madison May

Let’s get straight to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish 22 Murders of Madison May. I didn’t even get 100 pages in before giving up. This is a rare occurrence for me, and I hate not giving a book a proper go and at least read to the end, but this book was just so complex, leaving no room for a hook to grab me and hold my attention.

The character of Felicity Staples also really irked me, and I felt she was a much-overdone trope. Junior reporter, feisty enough to crack the big case and put herself in danger in the process.

For me, I need a character to really connect with or feel unnerved by, and I just didn’t get that with the cast of characters here. This was a real lost opportunity as I felt there was maybe too much focus on a very complex plot over the development of the key characters.

If you enjoy complex plots and time travel, this could be the book for you, but avoid if you enjoy strong character development and connection.

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22 murders of Madison May
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